Sewing in Zambia

Hi Everyone,
Some of you know that our daughter, Michelle, works for a ministry called Every Orphan’s Hope. It is an organization that has rescued orphans in Zambia, Africa, and built homes for these children to live in. Each orphan home has 8 children and one widowed “mama” who cares for the children. For several years, the mamas have been dreaming of being able to sew. So, our daughter, thought this would be a good time to pitch out the need and see if we can make their dream a reality.
If you’d like to see their website and learn what they are all about, please visit :

 If you’d like to meet the mamas, click here: Sewing CampaignB (2)
The mamas have identified two main desires: basic sewing supplies and sewing machines. In Zambia, the electricity is very unreliable, so getting treadle type machines is the best choice for them. Every Ophan’s Hope could buy the machines here, but shipping them would be very expensive, so they have found a way to buy them in Zambia and have them transported to the villages. It will cost around $2,100 to purchase 14 machines so that each home would have one machine. (They have 11 homes now and three more are being built soon).

I’d love for you to join me in making these mama’s dreams come true.
If that’s your desire as well, there are two ways to help them out:
1. You can donate directly to Every Orphan’s Hope online at
2. You can gather basic sewing supplies and mail them directly to Every Orphan’s Hope.

Their mailing address is:
Every Orphan’s Hope
3245 W. Main St., Ste. 235/332
Frisco, TX 75034

Basic sewing supplies would include: thread, scissors, needles, pins, patterns, seam rippers, measuring tapes, or anything else you have that you are not using or would like to purchase new. Anything you donate will be greatly appreciated. They will not be collecting fabric because the weight of the fabric would make it too costly and because the Zambians prefer purchasing their own fabric from local vendors. 

If you mail your supplies to Texas, please be sure and send your package by June 8th if possible. There will be a team flying to Zambia at the end of June to deliver the goods and purchase the machines, if enough funds are collected.

Please send a link to this post to any of your sewing friends or anyone you think would be interested in helping these women achieve this goal.
Thank you for your consideration. I have a feeling that Sewfordough readers are going to be very generous! So many of you have a heart for those less fortunate than we are and we have a unique opportunity to help these ladies develop this craft that we love so much. It will give them an opportunity to teach the children in their care how to sew and provide a skill in which they could someday run and operate their own sewing business and provide for their own families.

I know they will be greatly blessed by whatever contribution you can make.

You will receive a tax donation receipt from Every Orphan’s Hope for any monetary donations you make.

If you have any questions, you can email me here at or you can contact Every Orphan’s Hope.

Thank you so much for your consideration.

Go team Sewfordough!


14 Responses

  1. Thanks Mom for the shout-out! These Mamas will be so blessed! And it will be so wonderful for the Mamas to be able to teach their daughters to sew, as you have taught me! I’ve seen the joy sewing has brought to our home growing up, and know it will bring joy to their homes as well! THANK YOU!

    • Your kindness and sweet words always make my day! I can’t wait to hear how the mamas react when they receive these gifts. May the Lord be glorified in it all.

  2. Wow, I’ll definitely contribute! I lived in Zambia as a child, before my parents moved to the US. I still have fond memories of my childhood there & it would be lovely to be able to give back.

    • Hi Samina,
      Wow, how amazing is it that you lived in Zambia!!! It sounds like a beautiful country. I am glad you have fond memories of your childhood there. Thank you for helping the mamas there. They will be so appreciative. In your gift, you should mention that you lived there. They would love to know that!

      • It was a wonderful experience. My parents were physcians & adventurers & moved from India to Zambia when I was a year old. Unfortunately, the political instability there forced them to move away when I was about 7.

        I contributed on line, but there was no place for me to add comments 😦
        That’s ok – The most important thing is that the contribution be made!

      • Hi Samina,
        Thank you so much for your contribution! I enjoyed your email and will send your email on to them with your comments about your time in Zambia. It sounds like you had a very adventurous childhood and even though you were only 7 when you left, you have memories to last your lifetime. Thank you for sharing that and for helping the mamas.

  3. How fantastic! I would definitely love to help out! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time, and I *finally* took a basic sewing class just this past month 🙂 I came across a site (Dolly Donations) when I was searching for a free doll pattern for my daughter — do you think I could send some dolls along, or are you just collecting supplies? If the dolls would be welcome, how many should I make (at least 8, since 8 kids per home)? I know June 8 is kind of around the corner, but I’d love to do something like this 🙂

    • Hi Cara,
      I think that’s awesome! Yes, they’d love the dolls! How thoughtful of you. I would love to see a photo of them when you are finished before you send them off. We may do a post on them and anything else anyone makes to send along. Thank you so much!

  4. Thanks for doing this sis! You do the family proud!

  5. I sent an email out to my sewing friends from church and got a grea responds. I am sending out 4 boxes. What a blessing it is to help, and to clean out our sewing rooms!

    • Oh, wow, Lynn, that is awesome news. I am praising the Lord for what you did and for all those who are helping. Thank you! Michelle will be excited to hear this and the mamas will be so blessed.

  6. I just came upon you website, is it too late to send sewing supplies?
    I have a lot of buttons and misc stuff.

    • No, it’s not too late. If they get them by the 24th, it should be fine. Thank you so much for your generous gift. They will greatly appreciate it and I know you will be blessed by doing so!

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